It’s not uncommon to stick to a strict brushing regime, but leave out flossing altogether. Many people are unaware of the health risks of not flossing, and believe that a toothbrush can perform the same thorough job.

The truth is that a toothbrush merely cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, whereas floss cleans the tight spaces in between.

Here are more reasons why flossing plays an important role in dental health:

It removes plaque.  Floss is the only tool that can remove all the plaque and excess food particles between your teeth. By removing plaque, your smile will be at its brightest, and your oral health will be at its finest. Ignoring plaque and tartar build-up often leads to bleeding gums and gum diseases.

Flossing cleans what toothbrushes can’t. No matter what the size, toothbrushes are unable to access every small space around your teeth and gums. Floss is made specifically to clean spaces that are otherwise impossible to reach.

It helps prevent diseases.  Removing plaque and tartar build-up is crucial to your health. Flossing prevents life threatening diseases, which often begin with swollen and bleeding gums also known as gingivitis.

If left unchecked gingivitis leads to periodontal disease. The accumulation of bacteria will spread below the gum line, which eventually lead to bone and tooth loss.

However, all this can easily be prevented by taking just a few minutes a day to floss. To ensure you’re flossing properly:

·       Pull out 12-18 inches of floss

·       Wrap the ends around your fingertips

·       Slide the floss between your teeth and ensure your touching the gums—but be careful not to be too rough in the sensitive areas

·       For maximum cleanliness, curve the floss around each tooth and rub it up and down

·       Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth

If you’re experiencing bleeding gums or swelling, book an appointment with us today. It’s important you address these symptoms immediately to avoid oral health risks.